Talking Headways Podcast: Building the Dutch Cycling City

This week we’re joined by Chris and Melissa Bruntlett to talk about their new book, Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality. They chat about their trip to the Netherlands and their experiences in a number of different cities and how they relate to the North American context.  We also chat about overflowing bike parking, why bikes are often left behind, and how street design is better than signs.

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Emphasis on Safety?

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There’s a lot of focus this month on getting more people out and about on their bikes. We posted last week about the effort to normalize bike commuting, a topic that as usual sparked a lot of discussion about sweat, appropriate clothing, secure bike parking and, of course, safety. How they promote cycling in Holland. […]

Study: Sharrows Don’t Make Streets Safer for Cycling

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Sharrows are the dregs of bike infrastructure — the scraps cities hand out when they can’t muster the will to implement exclusive space for bicycling. They may help with wayfinding, but do sharrows improve the safety of cycling at all? New research presented at the Transportation Review Board Annual Meeting suggests they don’t. A study by University […]

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City

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It’s no secret that just about anywhere you go in the Netherlands is an incredible place to bicycle. And in Groningen, a northern city with a population of 190,000 and a bike mode share of 50 percent, the cycling is as comfortable as in any city on Earth. The sheer number of people riding at […]

Talking Headways Podcast: Welcome to the Fresh Coast!

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This week I chat with Jeramey Jannene of Streetsblog Network blog Urban Milwaukee. Jeramey discusses freeway teardowns, freeway expansion, the new bike-share system, the transit funding situation in the city, the city’s streetcar plans, and the city’s really high weighted density. And we talk about water. Milwaukee is becoming the “Fresh Coast,” an innovative place for studying […]